Rep. Cunningham backs California, challenges Trump emission rollbacks

Posted at 4:33 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 19:33:39-04

A Central Coast lawmaker introduced legislation Tuesday that opposes the president’s recent EPA emission rollbacks and supports California’s independent vehicle efficiency standards. 

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, a Republican, established the groundwork for keeping California’s authority on efficiency standards in a resolution (AJR 49) that will hopefully take steps to improving air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

This resolution comes as a response to the federal administration’s proposal to remove California’s ability to set its own standards. The Environmental Protection Agency moved to eliminate California’s waiver to the Clean Air Act, which has been in place for about five decades and attributed to reducing pollution and increasing clean air in the state. 

"California is proud to lead the nation towards a cleaner future," Cunningham said. "Our ability to set our own emission goals has reduced pollution, increased fuel efficiency and saved drivers money at the pump."